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Don't Panic - What to Do if Your Toilet is Overflowing

Don't Panic - What to Do if Your Toilet is Overflowing

It's one of the worst types of clogged drains you can get, and unfortunately, one that most of us will have to encounter in our lifetimes: a clogged, overflowing toilet. It can result in hours of cleanup and plenty of headaches – but don't panic! The first thing you need to do is to turn off the toilet's water supply to keep the flooding from getting worse. Next, attempt to clear the clog in the toilet so that the excess water can drain out. If you're unable to clear the blockage, call a professional ASAP. The sooner the clog is cleared up, the sooner you can get back to having a sanitary, functioning bathroom, so don't hesitate to call in the big guns of your local plumbing company in Florida!


Cut off the toilet's water supply by turning off the main shutoff valve.

Toilet with its lid off to shut off main valve in Adamsville, FL.

The first step in addressing a clogged and overflowing toilet is to stop the influx of water. Take the lid off of the tank of the toilet and locate the flapper that allows...

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Faucet Damage - When is it Time for a Full Replacement?

Faucet Damage - When is it Time for a Full Replacement?

Over time, all plumbing fixtures eventually become worn or faulty. Even that bright, shiny kitchen or bathroom faucet that you love so much will one day begin leaking or making loud squeaky sounds. But when it breaks, how do you know whether to repair or replace.

Determining whether to repair or replace your faucet requires basic knowledge of how a faucet works. This can aid in knowing whether to repair or replace your damaged faucet. For example, if your faucet is dripping, squeaking, or exhibiting irregular water flow, repair may be in order. However, if you're noticing an unending string of problems, high water bills, or if there's physical damage, a replacement could be your best option.


When it may be appropriate to repair your faucet.

Sink with drip from a leak in Gibsonton, FL.

While sometimes salvaging your faucet is simply not an option, there are other instances where repairing it is the best way to go. Here are a few cases where a repair should get the job done:

  • Your faucet is dripping....
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Is Your Kitchen Sink Gurgling? What Does That Mean?

Is Your Kitchen Sink Gurgling? What Does That Mean?

Unusual sounds in your home are never good signs, especially if they are coming from your kitchen sink. A gurgling sound in your sink is actually the sound of trapped air trying to escape from the drain. Your pipes should not have any air trapped inside, but they can become obstructed by food items like grease, seeds, bones, and rice that shouldn't go down your drain.

Once you hear a gurgle in your kitchen sink, call your plumbers so they can fix the issue. Fixing a gurgling kitchen sink can be done through a chemical solution or a drain auger that will help clear your pipes. Find out more about why your kitchen sink is gurgling and what you can do to avoid it from happening in the future.


What is a gurgling kitchen sink?

After doing the dishes, you might hear a gurgling sound from your kitchen sink. Gurgling is the sound of trapped air in your P-trap. The P-trap is the U-shaped pipe under your sink that generally contains water to block odors and gases from your...

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Save Money and the Environment by Installing a Water Filtration System

Save Money and the Environment by Installing a Water Filtration System

Investing in a water filtration system for your property might seem like an unnecessary expense, however, water filtration systems can actually save you money while helping out the environment.

The use of plastic bottled water has risen significantly in the past years, with over 1,000,000 being purchased by the minute worldwide, and less than a third of this gets recycled. Not only will you help reduce these numbers with a water filtration system, but you will also save yourself money in the long run. Drinking plastic water bottles instead of filtered water can cost you thousands of dollars per year. Read on to learn more about why installing a water filtration system is the right decision!


Installing a water filtration system is better for the environment.

The number of plastic water bottle users has risen dramatically over the last few years. While some have said this increase is because of a healthy shift toward drinking more water than sugary drinks like soda, it also...

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Are Flushable Wipes Actually Flushable?

Are Flushable Wipes Actually Flushable?

Flushable wipes appear to be the pinnacle of toilet-paper evolution. They're convenient, sanitary, and easily disposable! 

But the question is, are flushable wipes really the greatest thing since...well, the invention of toilet paper, or do they cause more issues than companies like to advertise?

After the pandemic caused a massive toilet paper shortage, flushable wipes became the best alternative for many people. However, for most professional plumbers, it just meant their schedules were about to get a whole lot busier. 

Curtis Plumbing has dealt with a ton of clients in Riverview, Brandon, Valrico, and throughout Central Florida whose toilets or septic tanks became clogged or backed up due to these "flushable" wipes. Because of this, there are several reasons why we don't recommend people try flushing their wipes down the toilet.


If the wipes say they're "flushable", then what's the problem?

Despite...

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